Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

December-12-03

MN: Health Dept. Criticizes Website Linking Abortion, Breast Cancer

Minnesota Health Department officials are questioning a statement posted on the department's website to comply with a new law asserting that having an abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer. According to internal emails obtained by the Star Tribune, a department director named Mary Manning circulated an email memo asking staff to tell anyone who asks that having an abortion does not lead to an increased risk for breast cancer, citing findings by the National Cancer Institute. Despite the fact that Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach is a former Catholic nun who is opposed to legal abortion, she gave Manning permission to circulate the memo, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio report.

The statement linking abortion and breast cancer was posted on the health department's website, as well as printed in a pamphlet, to comply with the so-called Women's Right to Know Act, a piece of legislation pushed through the state legislature by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). The law requires doctors to provide women seeking an abortion a range of information 24 hours before the procedure. Anti-choice Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and MCCL were both consulted in the creation of the information to comply with the law, but abortion rights advocates and abortion providers were not consulted, the Star Tribune reports.

Some abortion providers are already reporting problems with the new law. "People express that they feel insulted by the law, they feel offended, women express over and over again, 'I am a mature, capable woman. I have thought long and hard about my decision to have an abortion, I feel it is best for me. I have consulted people who matter in my life...'," Rev. K. George Keaney, manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, told Minnesota Public Radio. Other providers say that the information is inappropriate in some circumstances; for example, women seeking abortions are required to be told that the father has a responsibility to help support the fetus, but this is offensive and inappropriate for rape victims.

LEARN MORE Read the Ms. Magazine coverage of the Bush Administration's "Weird Science"

JOIN Become a member of the Ms. community and receive a year of the premiere feminist magazine

Media Resources: Star Tribune 12/8/03; Minnesota Public Radio 11/30/03; Feminist Daily News Wire


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/2/2015 President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans - President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. In an Op-Ed written for and published by the Huffington Post, President Obama summarized what he called a successful week for Americans. . . .
 
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
 
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .